Senior Climate Advisor – Asia – Various Location In Asia/ UK/ Netherlands


About Mercy Corps Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.

In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions

into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

Now, and for the future.

To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.

Mercy Corps has a strong portfolio of climate programming covering a wide spectrum of activities including climate and weather services, climate-smart livelihoods, climate security, climate finance and disaster risk reduction, governance capacity building, and natural resource management. To learn about our work and approach please visit:

Program / Department Summary Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit (TSU) is a key part of the Program Department. TSU subject-matter experts help set agency strategy and provide consultation – from assessment and design through project implementation and results measurement – to field offices worldwide, in some of the world’s toughest places. TSU team members lead research, foster organizational learning, represent Mercy Corps to external audiences, and develop partnerships. The TSU is also integral to global business development and revenue.

The senior climate advisor position is a member of the regional technical team, and a part of the global Environment team, a part of the TSU, focused on issues related to environmental management, energy access and climate change, and will work as part of this team to achieve established cross-sector goals and strategies. The position will also coordinate, work closely with, and be considered a key resource of, Mercy Corps’ Asia regional leadership team.

General Position Summary Mercy Corps is seeking to hire a senior climate advisor, dedicated to advancing our climate impact in Asia. They will focus on developing and advancing a regional climate change strategy across Mercy Corps’ country programs. In this role, the senior climate advisor will serve as a focal point on climate change for Mercy Corps’ Asia region and specific country and program teams.

The Senior Climate Advisor will initially focus on helping country teams grow their portfolio of climate programming, building on our existing experience. This will involve supporting the development of country climate strategies, donor engagement, development of concept notes, and leading of targeted capacity strengthening initiatives. Further, they will work with county and regional teams to identify and cultivate strategic partnerships with government, donor agencies, and climate relevant platforms and working groups.

Essential Job Responsibilities Strategy, Thought Leadership and Influence

Lead development and guide the implementation of regional and country level climate change strategies and plans for priority countries – focused on synthesizing past program expertise, identifying thematic entry points, mapping donor/stakeholder landscape, identifying funding opportunities, and supporting country teams with proposal development. Cultivate and nurture donor relationships that support Mercy Corps’ ability to grow its climate programming, as well as strategic partnerships that result in stronger and impactful program development efforts. Identify external opportunities for raising MC Asia’s voice and influence in climate change, and delivering compelling messages related to our strategy at workshops, events, conferences and through written media. Keep abreast of new thinking, research and innovations in areas of climate change by leading researchers, donors and practitioners, with particular focus on regional themes including community based adaptation, low carbon climate resilient agriculture, urbanization, financial inclusion and transformative capacities. Program and Proposal Development Lead and/or support proposals and concept notes for funding from donors including foundations, corporations and US, European, and UN agencies. Work with programs, country/regional teams, and technical support units on prepositioning and development of strategies. Work with other TSU members to integrate climate risk considerations and strategies into the design and support of multi-sectoral programs that encompass elements of broader agency goals such as resilience, food security, and youth development. Program Learning and Impact Support effective interventions through the development of targeted learning agenda’s research and evidence building initiatives. Contribute to agency-wide climate initiatives such as the climate research and learning agenda. **Build capacity with Mercy Corps staff and partners to better design and implement programs. Support new and ongoing programs with best practice advice and assistance on assessment, implementation, research, and evaluation needs. Conduct assessments and evaluations; write case studies, learning documents, short articles, and blogs; and develop internal and external disseminate plan for all products. Nurture partnerships with universities, research institutions, and other organizations to produce case studies, assessments, and other learning documentation, as well as enhance program quality. Policy, Advocacy, Representation Support a targeted regional policy and advocacy agenda with assistance from other Mercy Corps teams, that aims to both grow Mercy Corps’ voice on climate issues in the region while advancing critical priorities. Present program learnings, concepts and ideas to donors, partners, and peer organizations that influence them to drive innovation and positive change. Identify and nurture strategic partnerships with other organizations and institutions. Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility The position has supervisory responsibility over consultants, interns and/or volunteers.

Accountability REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Director of Environment Technical Support Unit

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Asia Deputy Regional Director, Country teams, and other TSU teams.

Knowledge and Experience Mercy Corps believes the following knowledge and experience will be helpful in ensuring the success of the senior climate advisor. These should be seen by candidates as a guide, but also be taken as flexible. Mercy Corps recognizes many skills are transferable across disciplines, sectors and types of work and is open to considering candidates with a range of relevant experiences, educational backgrounds, knowledge and skillsets.

Broad understanding of, and some experience with, a range of climate adaptation related technical areas including natural resource management, climate finance, disaster risk reduction, climate-smart livelihoods, ecosystem-based adaptation, community-based adaptation. Demonstrated capacity to lead complex strategy development processes. Familiarity with donors supporting climate action in the region, and the relevant national and international stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to identify, manage and grow impactful partnerships and networks. Bachelor’s degree required. M.A, M.S., M.Sc., or equivalent in a field related to the TSU team specialty and relevant technical certifications are preferred. 5 years’ experience, that demonstrates an understanding of the challenges of working in a variety of complex humanitarian and development contexts. Willingness and ability to travel frequently to Mercy Corps project sites and field locations, including traveling to insecure environments, is required. Fluency in English is required; fluency another foreign language desired. Success Factors All TSU positions require strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and a level of emotional intelligence proficiency that builds and maintains productive relationships across teams. Being aware and sensitive to international development issues and diverse cultures is critical.

This Senior Climate Advisor position will demonstrate the ability to see connections, and work across, a range of technical areas related to climate change. The Senior Advisor will demonstrate significant experience with providing technical support to field programs and country offices. The position will demonstrate an ability to lead cross-team efforts in developing ambitions strategies and programs. The individual will show a strong ability to develop new business strategies through analysis, donor engage, and concept development. Importantly, the individual must demonstrate an ability to work across teams and institutions, building effective internal and external partnerships. The individual should have the proven ability to influence donors, partners, and peer organizations toward innovative programs and best practices.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions The position requires travel roughly 30% time, including to the field where living conditions may be exceptionally rugged or be in volatile environments where security protocols will need to be followed. Team members must be ready to deploy to field environments on short notice in response to any emergency or crisis. When in the field the team member must able to work in remote settings, over weekends and/or evening as required by the schedule, and in settings with limited infrastructure, food options, and living condition.

Ongoing Learning In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.


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